Explanations: No. 14788 – Thursday, 24 May 2012

Thu, May 24, 2012, 23:59

   

I hope you enjoyed today’s puzzle!

Roy

Across
1 Isolated after roaming about on ruin (10)
DESOLATI-ON
“Isolated” after roaming about (DESOLATI) on (ON) = DESOLATION: ruin.
6 About to be quiet and tender (4)
CA-SH
About, circa (CA) to “be quiet” (SH) and = CASH: (legal) tender.
10 Cut right into space in rock (5)
CA(R)VE
Into “space in rock” (CA-VE) right (R) = CARVE: cut.
11 Counsel someone seeking satisfaction from one like the jackal (9)
SC-AVENGER
Counsel (SC) someone seeking satisfaction (AVENGER) from = SCAVENGER: one like the jackal.
12 Sending little message from nest and to web? (8)
TWEETING
Sending little message from nest? (TWEETING) and sending little message to Web (TWEETING).
13 Quietly encourage ouster (5)
P-URGE
Quietly (P) encourage (URGE) = PURGE: ouster.
15 He hates getting ring in soapsuds (7)
L(O)ATHER
In “soapsuds” (L-ATHER) ring (O) getting = LOATHER: he hates.
17 Skirt feature leading to that woman’s sexy walk (7)
SLIT-HER
Skirt feature (SLIT) leading to “that woman’s” (HER) = SLITHER: sexy walk.
19 Attending to brewed lager that’s free (2,5)
AT LARGE
Attending (AT) to “brewed ‘lager’” (LARGE) that’s = AT LARGE: free.
21 Without coat she’d captivated listener (7)
SH(EAR)E’D
She’d (SH-ED) captivated “listener” (EAR) = SHEARED: without coat.
22 Take a stroll this morning to get brother’s first article in Paris (5)
AM-B-LE
This morning (AM) to get “b-rother’s” first (B) “article” in Paris (LE) = AMBLE: take a stroll.
24 Smelling and sounding like automated crossbow? (8)
AROMATIC
Like automated crossbow? (ARROW-MATIC) sounding like, and = AROMATIC: smelling.
27 Be heard in attempts by staff to get one in community (9)
TRI(B)ES-MAN
Be heard, ‘B’, in attempts, ‘tries’ [TRI(B)ES] by “staff” (MAN) to get = TRIBESMAN: one in community.
28 Summer refuge for woman around time of Our Lord (5)
SH(AD)E
Woman (SH-E) around “time of Our Lord” (AD) for = SHADE: summer refuge.
29 What’s between a couple of oxen is yellow in white sounds like (4)
YOKE
Yellow in (egg) white (YOLK) sounds like = YOKE: what’s between a couple of oxen.
30 A cord hospital dept provides for constricting material used by doctors (10)
A-STRING-ENT
A cord (A STRING) hospital dept (ENT) provides for = ASTRINGENT: constricting material used by doctors.

Down
1 Get into slip cut short (4)
DOCK
Get into slip (DOCK) cut short (DOCK).
2 Weirdo head of school at rowing team dance (9)
S-CREW-BALL
Head of “s-chool” (S) at “rowing team” (CREW) dance (BALL) = SCREWBALL: weirdo.
3 Lord from somewhere in Belgium (5)
LIEGE
Lord (LIEGE) from “somewhere in Belgium” (LIEGE).
4 More on edge seeing one in ‘The Examiner’ (7)
TEST(I)ER
In “the examiner” (TEST-ER) one (I) seeing = TESTIER: more on edge.
5 No kitchen devices for fruit (7)
O-RANGES
No kitchen devices (O RANGES) for = ORANGES: fruit.
7 Risk not having first deadly sin (5)
-ANGER
Risk (D-ANGER) not having first (-D, not having first letter) = ANGER: deadly sin.
8 Heard store made shrewd bargain (5,5)
HORSE TRADE
“Heard store” made = HORSE TRADE: shrewd bargain.
9 Support option when I was younger, so much younger than today? (8)
HELP-LINE
“When I was younger, so much younger than today” (“HELP!” LINE, the Beatles song) = HELPLINE: support option.
14 Something humorous from meadow’s in kitchen cupboard (10)
P(LEA’S)ANTRY
In “kitchen cupboard” (P-ANTRY) meadow’s (LEA’S) from = PLEASANTRY: something humorous.
16 Sermon he broadcast about Biblical quartet (8)
HORSEMEN
“Sermon he” broadcast about = HORSEMEN: Biblical quartet (the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse).
18 Put one million in legacy for retreat (9)
HER(M)ITAGE
In “legacy” (HER-ITAGE) put “one million” (M) for = HERMITAGE: retreat.
20 Ages before letters from Greece come from Reformation theologian (7)
ERAS-MUS
Ages (ERAS) before “letters from Greece” (MUS) come from = ERASMUS: Reformation theologian.
21 One pooh-poohing second at his spot in ring (7)
S-CORNER
Second (S) at this spot, second’s spot, in (boxing) ring (CORNER) = SCORNER: one pooh-poohing.
23 Perhaps lose one’s nerve seeing barrister with writing material (5)
BL-INK
Barrister (BL) with “writing material” (INK) seeing = BLINK: perhaps lose one’s nerve.
25 Quietly drops off clergyman to see match play? (5)
-ARSON
Clergyman (P-ARSON) “quietly” drops off (-P, – quietly) to see = ARSON: match play?
26 Maybe settle for article in stage scenery (4)
SE(A)T
In “stage scenery” (SE-T) article (A) for = SEAT: maybe settle (the bench).